The School of Policing Studies (SOPS) is Australia's leading provider of police recruit level training.
The School of Policing Studies and the NSW Police Force have formed a unique partnership to design, develop and deliver tertiary courses in policing. The partnership is an important strategy in the development of police recruit level training in NSW. The resources of both a large residential police academy and a responsive and progressive university have been brought together to provide a balanced, innovative service in police recruit level training and education.
Subjects have been designed in extensive consultation with police, the justice community and academics. This ensures subjects are vocationally relevant and up-to-date, producing ethical and professional graduates ready for a rapidly changing police and community environment. Many of the staff are either former police officers or expert practitioners in policing related disciplines such as communications and ethics. This gives the School a strong practical teaching focus.
The School of Policing Studies is the largest School in the Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University and is located within the NSW Police Force Academy, Goulburn.
CSU and the NSW Police Force jointly provide the formal entry level studies undertaken to gain entry to the NSW Police Force Service. This formal training is called the: Associate Degree in Policing Practice.
The School also provides the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials, an enabling course which is a mandatory pre-entry level requirement for those aspiring to pursue a career in the New South Wales Police.